THE KRUSHUNA WATERFALLS AND THE DEVETASHKA CAVE
On the border between Stara Planina (The Old Mountain) and The Great Danube plane flow one of the most beautiful cascade waterfall formations in Bulgaria. Declared a protected natural sight in 1995, Krushuna waterfalls are the largest natural cascade in the country.
The location has a specific flora and fauna with several rare and endangered species from the Bulgarian Red Book. An eco-trail was built to contain and facilitate the tourist flow and you could easily spend hours gazing at the calming azure waters and lush green forests. Numerous stairs and bridges lead to different viewing platforms from where you can observe the entire cascade, the biggest of which is about 15 m – called “Pruskaloto”.
At the very end of the trail, in a small cave you can find the spring of the Maarata river- the very river that brings the falls to life. The combined beauty of the waterfalls and the forest make for a unique sensation and effect on the mind which is probably why in XIV century the place was often visited by monks.
Just a few kilometers from there is located the magnificent Devetashka Cave. Discovered in 1921 it is to this day one of the biggest caves in Bulgaria with an area of 20 400 sq. m.
Some key features are the giant holes on the sealing of the first great hall that make up for an amazing ambiance as well as the “Altar” hall where some of the oldest Neolithic discoveries were made. Also the fauna of the cave includes rare species, some of which are included the IUCN Red List of endangered animals.
This trip is a great day retreat into the nature, which will fulfill you with calmness and serenity.
This is an example program, that can be modified according to your desires.
08:30 am – Pick up from previously arranged location in Sofia
11:00 am – Arriving at Krushuna Waterfalls
11:00 am – 12:30 pm – A walk on the eco trail.
01:00 pm – Lunch
01:30 pm – Arriving at The Devetashka Cave
02:00 pm – 03:30 pm – Visiting the cave.
04:00 pm – Departing for Sofia
06:30 pm – Arriving back in Sofia
You should be well equipped: comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the trip, as well as raincoat and long pants, sun hat is absolutely obligatory in the summer, to protect your melon from the strong sun. For people with sensitive skin – sun screen is recommended.